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[v. in-vurt; adj., n. in-vurt] /v. ɪnˈvɜrt; adj., n. ˈɪn vɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to turn upside down.
to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.
to turn or change to the opposite or contrary, as in nature, bearing, or effect:
to invert a process.
to turn inward or back upon itself.
to turn inside out.
Chemistry. to subject to inversion.
Music. to subject to musical inversion.
Phonetics. to articulate as a retroflex vowel.
verb (used without object)
Chemistry. to become inverted.
Chemistry. subjected to inversion.
a person or thing that is inverted.
a homosexual.
(in plumbing) that portion of the interior of a drain or sewer pipe where the liquid is deepest.
an inverted arch or vault.
Philately. a two-colored postage stamp with all or part of the central design printed upside down in relation to the inscription.
Origin of invert
1525-35; < Latin invertere to turn upside down or inside out, equivalent to in- in-2 + vertere to turn; see verse
Related forms
invertible, adjective
invertibility, noun
noninverted, adjective
uninverted, adjective
uninvertible, adjective
2. See reverse. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inverted
  • If he mapped north to south, the map in his head inverted itself, as if he were looking at it upside down.
  • Averse to custom and precedent, as usual, she is not to crown her house of laws with the indispensable inverted cup.
  • In this case, the researchers were surprised to find that the familiar physics of slipstreaming were inverted.
  • The legs on a walking human body act not unlike inverted pendulums.
  • The image shows two of the unaltered and inverted face pictures that were used in the facial recognition test.
  • But it turns out that in the ocean what you have naturally is an inverted pyramid.
  • To provide the extra humidity this orchid likes, place the pot on an inverted saucer in a pan filled with pebbles and water.
  • Whatever they cost, though, the inverted business model of the company is refreshing.
  • Yes, the yield curve is still positive, and a long way from being inverted.
  • Goto has used a regular tomato cage in this example but inverted it as he usually does.
British Dictionary definitions for inverted


verb (ɪnˈvɜːt)
to turn or cause to turn upside down or inside out
(transitive) to reverse in effect, sequence, direction, etc
(transitive) (phonetics)
  1. to turn (the tip of the tongue) up and back
  2. to pronounce (a speech sound) by retroflexion
(logic) to form the inverse of a categorial proposition
noun (ˈɪnvɜːt)
  1. a person who adopts the role of the opposite sex
  2. another word for homosexual
  1. the lower inner surface of a drain, sewer, etc Compare soffit (sense 2)
  2. an arch that is concave upwards, esp one used in foundations
Derived Forms
invertible, adjective
invertibility, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin invertere, from in-² + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for inverted



1530s, from Middle French invertir or directly from Latin invertere "turn upside down, turn about," from in- "in, on" (see in- (2)) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Inverted; inverting; invertedly.

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inverted in Medicine

invert in·vert (ĭn-vûrt')
v. in·vert·ed, in·vert·ing, in·verts

  1. To turn inside out or upside down.

  2. To reverse the position, order, or condition of.

  3. To subject to inversion.

n. (ĭn'vûrt')
  1. Something inverted.

  2. One who takes on the gender role of the opposite sex.

  3. A homosexual. Used in psychology.

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